The sixteenth-century ink-wash painting, a type rarely found outside Korean collections, uses strong, deliberate brushwork to convey ideas of space and perspective. Yi Chong, a Buddhist monk who came from a renowned family of artists, was a respected court painted during his short life. His work was heavily influenced by the Chinese tradition of the scholar-artist. The style of this painting invokes the Zhe School of Ming dynasty China, and the subject alludes to a poem by the Chinese poet Li Bo (701–762) concerning the beauty of a waterfall.
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CaptionYi Chong (1578-1607). Scholar Contemplating a Cascade, 16th century. Ink on silk, Image: 11 1/4 x 10 7/8in. (28.6 x 27.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 75.130
CreditDesignated Purchase Fund
DimensionsImage: 11 1/4 x 10 7/8in. (28.6 x 27.6cm); Overall: 45 x 16 1/4 in. (114.3 x 41.3 cm)